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MAKER Bridge Webinar series
This series of webinars brings together initiatives, experiences, academic understanding and practitioner expertise in the field of digital making. It is supported by Nominet Trust in collaboration with the MacArthur funded Make-to-Learn project.
We welcome you to join us at three online events during May & June 2013 to develop resources and conversations that are explicitly international and bring together expertise and experience from the US and the UK.
You are invited to register for as many events as you like. Each event will discuss a different area of digital making.
All three events will start at 17:00 BST (12:00 EDT) and last about an hour.
Please join the discussion through #digitalmaking before and during the events, and your questions or comments will be passed on to the speakers. Each event will be live streamed on http://makerbridge.org.uk/
Physical Computing and Making - 22 May 2013, 17:00 BST
The event will explore the idea that a new generation of simple to use, cheap and accessible digital equipment is poised to change manufacturing and production. 3-D printers, wearable sensors, haptic computing and simple programmable controllers seem to have the potential to change everyday life and conventional economic models. They also offer new ways to teach and learn about design and the making process.
This session investigates:
- What are the most exciting new developments in physical computing?
- Why learn about physical computing?
- What skills and experiences does making teach?
- How do these new developments challenge the traditional subjects of Design and Technology?
- How should we structure learning through and with these experiences?
DK Arvind (Centre for Speckled Computing, University of Edinburgh)
Christian McKay (Make-to-Learn; Indiana University)
Dave Mee (MadLab)
Ben Leduc-Mills (SparkFun Electronics; University of Colorado)
Programming and Coding - 5 June 2013, 17:00 BST
We know our world is made of code and yet the question of who knows how to code and what they do with that knowledge is a key battleground in education policy. Whether learning to program changes the way you think (or feel) or whether it gives you access to the hidden secrets of power is one of the most important challenges in our increasingly technological world.
This session asks:
- Why we should teach forms of programming?
- How we should organise the learning of programming?
- What are the best models of progression in learning code?
- What are the problems stopping programming and coding being more widespread?
Jason Bates (Freeformers)
Howard Baker (Editor Innovations, BBC)
Karen Brennan (ScratchEd, Harvard University)
Leah Gilliam (Hive Learning Network, Mozilla Foundation)
New Sites of Learning: Digital Makers in and out of School - 19 June 2013, 17:00 BST
Digital making is a vibrant, dynamic and important community of creative activists. It stimulates new forms of teaching and learning. Online learning, teaching yourself, hanging out in dedicated communities, learning with mentors and specialists – these are some of the spaces where young people are finding out about digital making.
This session asks:
- How can we best connect learners with the new maker communities?
- How can we support schools and teachers to use these new technologies?
- How can we credit and validate learners’ interest-led enquiries?
- How can we disseminate these initiatives and make them available to all?
Lisa Regalla (Maker Education)
Mimi Ito (University of California; DML Research Hub)
Iris Lapinski (Apps for Good)
All events will be live streamed and posted online on our YouTube channel, where we will continue the discussion after the webinars.
This series of webinars brings together initiatives, experiences, academic understanding and practitioner expertise around the field of digital making. It is supported by Nominet Trust in collaboration with the MacArthur funded 'make-to-learn' project
We will host 3 online events in May & June 2013 to develop resources and conversations that are explicitly international and bring together expertise and experience from the US and the UK.